elec·​tro·​stat·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-trə-ˈsta-tik How to pronounce electrostatic (audio) \

Definition of electrostatic

1 : of or relating to static electricity or electrostatics
2 : of or relating to painting with a spray that utilizes electrically charged particles to ensure complete coating

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Other Words from electrostatic

electrostatically \ i-​ˌlek-​trə-​ˈsta-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electrostatically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of electrostatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Heating plasma up To trigger the fusion reaction, the electrostatic repulsion between the nuclei needs to be overcome until the strong attractive nuclear force kicks in. Giulia Pacchioni, Scientific American, "The Road to Fusion," 26 Aug. 2019 Your ears might receive a small electrostatic discharge from the earbuds. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Died After Reportedly Being Shocked by His Headphones," 10 Dec. 2018 Darwin thought electrostatic force was somehow involved. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Spiders use electricity to fly thousands of miles, research shows," 6 July 2018 Scientists hypothesize that lightning occurs when positive ions from the ground connect with negative ions from a cloud, resulting in an electrostatic discharge. Kelly Sundstrom, ajc, "3 things that can protect you and your house from lightning," 9 June 2018 The truth is that Shure’s electrostatic earphones win the prize of best in their class by default: no one else is doing anything as ambitious as this. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Shure makes its superb electrostatic earphones a touch more affordable at $1,999," 30 Apr. 2018 Touching or moving an arm or limb close to the wall changes the wall’s electrostatic fields, just as a finger touching an iPad does, the group reports this week at a conference on computing in Montreal, Canada. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Watch researchers turn a wall into Alexa’s eyes and ears," 27 Apr. 2018 Sulfate, which reacts with amino acids in the anophelins, strengthened the electrostatic forces between the proteins, making them better able to bind to the enzyme in blood plasma that causes clotting. Vanessa Zainzinger, Science | AAAS, "Mosquito spit can bust blood clots in mice," 10 Apr. 2018 But the layers are held together by a relatively weak electrostatic interaction called a van der Waals force. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists identify hundreds of atomically thin materials," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of electrostatic

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of electrostatic was in 1844

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“Electrostatic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrostatic. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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elec·​tro·​stat·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-trə-ˈstat-ik How to pronounce electrostatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of electrostatic

: of or relating to static electricity or electrostatics

Other Words from electrostatic

electrostatically \ -​ˈstat-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electrostatically (audio) \ adverb

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